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The Jol verdict

Posted on 8 November 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Martin Jol felt the team were in with a shout of snatching a draw in the final stages against Charlton on Saturday but clawing back a 3-0 deficit proved too tall an order in the end.


It was an afternoon of high drama at the Lane as a sluggish first half performance saw us go in two down at the break and three down shortly after. The third was the decisive one and a real blow as the team set about their work well in the second period.


They did not give up and a Robbie Keane penalty really sparked the fightback before a superb Jermain Defoe strike 12 minutes left us all daring to dream of the most unlikely of comebacks.


"I had a feeling with 12 minutes to go that we might do enough to get a draw," reflected Martin afterwards. "They did everything to get a good result and I thought Jermain Defoe, Fredi Kanoute and Robbie Keane were looking sharp up front. I even sent Noureddine Naybet up and we were defending from the half way line.


"It was a very difficult, we scored more than them in the second half and that is the only thing I can be satisfied about in the end."


The Dutchman suspects there remained an element of shock among the players in the first half following the departure of Jacques Santini on Friday.


"It was a shock to the staff and the players, the only thing we could do was have a chat with the players in the morning. I think in the first half you could see that maybe they were still in a bit of shock.


"I haven't experienced a first half like that, Charlton were good and sharp, but we hoped for a better showing. At the beginning of the second half we had great ambitions and were eager to get things right, then it went to 3-0.


"As a coach you are very worried, I told the players before the game that they have to show our public what they can do and make them happy. That is what you have to do in football, don't just make yourself happy, make the crowd happy.


"In the last 35 minutes they showed a good reaction and it could easily have been a draw in the end. We were a bit unlucky with the referee not giving us another penalty.


"We are very disappointed but, on the other hand, we can build on the last 35 minutes where we showed character. We came back and showed our fans that we want to battle for them and want good results."